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Q.yellow squash vines dry and shredded

BCconsultant added on March 12, 2012 | Answered

Why do my yellow squash vines become dry and shredded looking at ground level and blossoms get fungus and fall off?

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Answered on March 18, 2012

It sounds like you have a fungus. The leaves dry out and then are more susceptible to tearing by the wind, giving them a shredded look.

Fungus in squash normally results from poor air circulation and moisture. Are you watering from above or below? If from above, try starting to water from below with a soaker hose.

The plants may be too close together as well. This can stop the air flow. In the future, give the plants a bit more space.

Regardless, treat the plants with a fungicide. I personally like neem oil. It is both a fungicide and pesticide and is organic and is safe for beneficial bugs. Plus, as a bonus with squash, it is the ONLY effective squash borer treatment I have ever seen.

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